In this letter to the editor, a truckie calls out the government for not acting on truck driver deaths.
In this letter to the editor, a truckie calls out the government for not acting on truck driver deaths. Bruce Honeywill

Are truck drivers just a disposable commodity?

JUST watching the news and I see that the minister for mining in Queensland has called an emergency meeting because there's been six workers killed in the past year.   

One person killed at work is too many.   

So am I the only one wondering why the transport minister doesn't call emergency meetings with industry stakeholders to discuss what the issues are causing 100 plus truck drivers not to make it home from work.   

Are truck drivers just a disposable commodity?   

After reading the comments about why the minister for transport doesn't react in the same way regarding truck drivers being killed on the job, the resounding answer seems to be that truck drivers are being killed in road accidents and not workplace accidents.   

Maybe I'm not the smartest bloke around but if this is the reason for the deaths of truck drivers seemingly accepted as a cost of doing business.   

Should the most important change being lobbied for under the current HVNL review happening at the moment be that the cabin of a truck be reclassified as being a workplace under the law?   

How can it be?   

You are covered by Workcover when you are in your truck.   

But an accident in your truck is not considered a workplace accident.   

Just seems to be a bit of a contradiction to me.  

Andrew Caulfield

Big Rigs

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